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Less waste, more resources: Re-use and the informal sector in Europe

posted on 16 April 2012 by Anonymous
In the Waste Framework Directive 2008 a new waste hierarchy is implemented introducing preparation for re-use as a new important topic. It is recommended that if possible and ecologically advantageous over the whole life cycle waste ...

The Economic Aspects of the Informal Sector in Solid Waste Management

posted on 8 September 2011 by Anonymous
This booklet is about people who earn a livelihood and support their families by extracting value from solid waste. These people are sometimes called rag pickers,waste pickers or scavengers. There are millions of them in cities all around theworld,...

Reclaiming Livelihoods: The role of reclaimers in municipal waste management systems

posted on 16 September 2011 by Anonymous
An interesting report about the role of the informal recoverers and their influence on waste management systems. Case studies from South-African municipalities are presented in the report. The report focuses on the contributions of reclaimers to...

The need for the Private Sector in a Zero Waste, 3-R, and Circular Economy Materials Management Strategy

posted on 16 September 2011 by Anonymous
In global discussions about the future of waste management, “recycling” is the word on everyone’s lips.  Specifically, up to now in the meetings of the Asia Regional 3-R Forum, as well as at the 2010 18th Cycle and coming 2011...

Where can global awareness root locally? The Case of Informal Sector Inclusion in Integrated Solid Waste Management

posted on 10 November 2011 by Anonymous
This paper examines the informal recycling sector working on solid waste in Asia, with a focus on India and the Philippines, but with illustrations drawn from across the world. There is increasing awareness around both the role of the sector,...

Guidelines for Contracting Solid Waste Management Services to Micro Enterprises

posted on 23 April 2012 by Anonymous
This document is a tool-kit for the  development of a solid waste management public pricvate partnership for Micro-Enterprises. It provides the guidelines for contracting Solid Waste Management Services to Micro Enterprises. It has been produced...
Training materials

Start your Sanitation Business: A Training Guide

posted on 4 November 2013 by Anonymous
The entrepreneurship guide “Start your Sanitation Business” is a training guide for masons, manual and mechanical emptiers of latrines as well as for any person interested in starting a small-scale business in the sanitation field. The...

Public Private Partnership for waste collection in Managua, Nicaragua

posted on 16 September 2011 by Anonymous
A very intersting video on the Public Private Partnership established in Managua, Nicaragua between the municipality and the informal waste collectors, under the Cooperativa des Manos Unidos. The partnership has been supported by the UNDP programme on...

Programme to bring collectors of recyclable materials into formal markets

posted on 16 September 2011 by Anonymous
AVINA, MIF, the IDB’s Water and Sanitation Division, and the Coca-Cola Company, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launch the first Latin American program to integrate waste collectors into the formal recycling market....